Energy History

Alberta energy history up to 1999 | In this page  2000s and 2010s -Present

The following events were part of Alberta's history, the list may not include all major events as it is based on announcements.


Year   Event
2000Alberta establishes retailer licensing and codes of conduct for deregulated electricity markets.
2000The Government of Alberta implements the Energy Tax Refund.
2000The largest cogeneration plant in Canada, Joffre comes online. Source: Centre for Energyexternal link icon
2000Alliance natural gas pipeline begins commercial service after construction complete from Fort St. John, B.C., to Chicago, Illinois.
2000Major expansion projects completed at Joffre and Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, to the world's two largest ethylene-based petrochemical plants.
2000Syncrude's Aurora project is the first remote oil sands plant in Alberta, the project cost about $600 million. Source: Syncrude
2000In 2000, based on the success of the Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA), the government broadened its focus on energy research with the creation of the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI) to explore more opportunities and technologies related to energy and greenhouse gas emission research, eventually that grew into Alberta Innovatesexternal link icon.
2001Alberta Department of Resource Development becomes the Department of Energy.
2001The Government of Alberta provides rebates to consumers of natural gas as natural gas prices reach record levels. Later in the year, the Natural Gas Price Protection Act was implemented, setting out a formal structure for natural gas rebates in Alberta. The Natural Gas Rebate Program began in 2003.
2001The Electric utility industry was restructured, the Energy Utilities Board no longer regulated wholesale electricity prices and customers could choose their electricity retailer.
2001Alberta Justice filed a Statement of Claim on behalf of Alberta Energy for the Soldier's Settlement Board minerals and revenues earned by Canada on those minerals since October 1, 1930. Returning war veterans were given surface titles in 1917.
2002First commercial production of natural gas in coal (a.k.a. coalbed methane) in Alberta. In late 2002, an internal review of government rules and regulations related to CBM development began. This review also included the collection of CBM production and geological data.
2002BioGem Power Systems partners with the Iron Creek Hutterite Colony to build Alberta's first commercial biogas system , the system uses manure produced on the colony as its feedstock and sells electricity into the provincial grid.
2002AltaLink assumed control of Alberta’s largest transmission system (previously owned by TransAlta) to become the first independent transmission provider in Canada. Source: AltaLinkexternal link icon
2002Natural gas royalty framework is revised to be based on in-stream components, the changes were illustrated in an industry training documentpresentation icon.
2002Cenovus Foster Creek becomes the first commercially viable Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) project, which would soon become the key recovery method for extracting in-situ bitumen.
2002Alberta’s first propylene facility became operational in Redwater processing offgas from the Suncor Energy Inc. oil sands upgraders.
2003-09The Government of Alberta implemented the Natural Gas Rebate Program to protect Alberta consumers from high natural gas prices. The program ended on March 31, 2009.
2003The Government of Alberta passes the Electric Utilities Act, setting the stage for further development of a fair and open competitive electricity market. Under the act, the Power Pool of Alberta and the provincial transmission administrator are merged to form an Independent System Operator, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). AESO manages the competitive electricity wholesale spot market.
2003-06In September 2003, a pre-consultation was held with a number of  Coalbed Methane stakeholder groups to identify and prioritize issues. Landowners, agriculture producers, academics, the energy industry, and environmental groups participated. This led to the Coalbed Methane/Natural Gas in Coal Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (the MAC) that was established in November 2003 to provide advice and guidance on the Coalbed Methane consultation process, the MAC final reportexternal link iconwas presented in 2006.
2004Changes are introduced to Alberta’s retail electricity and natural gas industries, providing consumers with a choice of utility retailers. A customer choice website is developed to help Albertans select providers later this becomes the Utilities Consumer Advocateexternal link icon(UCA).
2004The $200 million Innovative Energy Technologies Program (IETP) was announced.
2004For the first time in Alberta's history the total annual bitumen production exceeded one million barrels per day.
2004- 09 The Hydrocarbon Upgrading Task Force (HUTF) and related reports were produced in this 5 year span. The industry/government Task Force was established to explore synergies of other competitive opportunities with the refining and petrochemical industries.
2005Alberta’s Mineable Oil Sands Strategy (MOSS), was produced by a steering group that included representatives from environmental organizations, First Nations, industry and government. They were asked to revise plans for consulting on policy principles the draft for discussion documents, Mineable Oil Sands Strategy for discussionexternal link iconand Mineable Oil Sands Integrated Resource final reportexternal link iconwere submitted in October.
2005 Genesee Unit 3external link iconis completed, the 450 megawatt unit is Canada's first generation facility to use supercritical combustion technology for greater fuel efficiency and significantly lower emissions.
2005In the fall, the executive committees of the natural resource and environmental ministries (Alberta Energy, Alberta Environment and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development) developed a plan to become the best natural resource and environmental managers in the world. To accomplish this, they made a commitment to strengthen the ways they work together. Sustainable Resource and Environmental Management SREM is an approach - a way of thinking and acting - to working together and taking joint responsibility to achieve agreed-upon natural resource and environmental outcomes. While it builds upon successful models of cooperative integration such as Water for Life, it also calls for a change in how the three departments conduct their day-to-day business with each other, within departments and across departments.  It laid a roadmap to align policies, align information sharing and streamline regulatory processes, a product of SREM is the Land-use Frameworkexternal link icon(LUF).
2005-06Second highest record land sale 9,196 parcels were sold for a total bonus of $2,165,464,637.16, average price per hectare was $693.82.
2006 Alberta’s Nine-Point Bioenergy Planexternal link icon is announced, providing $239 million in bioenergy funding to support alternative energy development in the province.
2006The Government of Alberta approved an allocation of $200 million over four years to create the Energy Innovation Fundexternal link icon(EIF). The EIF is a provincial initiative that supports building world-class knowledge, expertise and leadership to responsibly develop our vast energy resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
2006The Oil Sands Ministerial Strategy Committee was directed by Cabinet to develop a coordinated short term action plan to address the social, environmental and economic impacts of oil sands developments, Investing in our Future: Responding to the Rapid Growth of Oil Sands Development Final Reportexternal link icon, was released in December.
2006The highest average price ($774.57) per hectare for petroleum and natural gas sales is reported during the first quarter of 2006.
2006Planning for regional land use plans began in 2006. It started with Albertans asking for a broader land-use management plan, moved to a series of ideas groups and consultations and then the creation of the Land Use Secretariatexternal link iconand the first Regional Advisory Councilsexternal link icon. The proclamation of the Alberta Land Stewardship Actexternal link iconmade it possible to support regional plans in 2008 the Land-use Frameworkexternal link icon(LUF) website was launched.

The Incremental Ethane Extraction program (IEEP) under the Incremental Ethane Extraction Regulationexternal link icon, was established in 2006, with an approved budget of C$350 million. The program provided credits to petrochemical companies that reduced green house gas emissions by extracting ethane from the refinery process off-gases. The ethane was upgraded to higher-value petrochemical products such as ethylene and derivatives. The program was amended with a 2011 reviewexternal link icon, new program guidelines and a facilties mapexternal link icon followed.

2007Grants are issued from February 2007 to March 2011 for Bioenergy Grant Programs.
2007The Alberta government eliminates the Alberta Royalty Tax Credit Program (ARTC). The decision follows a review and consultation with industry and stakeholders.
2007Setting out a vision and identifying principles to guide the future development of Alberta's oil sands are highlighted in the Oil Sands Consultations Multi-stakeholder Committee (MSC) Final Reportexternal link icon and the Aboriginal Consultation Final Reportexternal link icon released in July. A recommendation was to create the Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat to address rapid growth issues in the oil sands regions of Alberta.
2007The Government of Alberta tasks an independent, expert Royalty Review Panel to examine the province's energy royalties and tax regime. The panel was asked to focus on all aspects of the royalty system, including oil sands, conventional oil and gas, and coalbed methane. Their reportexternal link icon was released on September 18th. A competitiveness review also took place.
2007 A Shared Vision for Energy in Canadaexternal link icon, Premiers at the 2012 meeting agreed to renew this vision reflecting current priorities and market dynamics, with the exception of BC.
2007Drake Landing Solar Community is announced in September. The planned neighbourhood near Okotoks is heated by a district system that gathers solar energy and stores it underground in the summer, then uses it to heat homes during the winter. Source:  Drake Landing Solar Communityexternal link icon
2007-09Premier Stelmach announces Alberta’s New Royalty Frameworkexternal link iconon October 25. The Framework will see Albertans benefit from increased royalties generated by an internationally competitive energy industry. The framework, included the following: "The government will implement shallow rights reversion (SSR) to maximize extraction of the resource. Under this policy, mineral rights to shallow gas geological formations that are not being developed would revert back to the government and be made available for resale." SSR means that the rights above the top of the shallowest productive zone in an agreement will be severed from the agreement at continuation. Agreements purchased after January 1, 2009 are subject to SRR. See Information Letter 2013-13 for more information.
2007An Examination of the Alberta Energy and Utilities board Security Measures related to the Alta Link 500 KV hearingexternal link iconwas conducted by Justice D.W. Perras.
2007-11Construction of Keephills 3external link icon, Canada’s most advanced coal-fired facility will use supercritical boiler technology which features higher boiler temperatures, higher pressures, and a high-efficiency steam turbine. The new plant will emit approximately 60 to 80 per cent less sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX), mercury (Hg) and 24 per cent less CO2 while  producing the same amount of power.
2008The governments of Alberta and Canada release Canada’s Fossil Energy Future: The Way Forward on Carbon Capture and Storageexternal link icon, which provides advice on how governments and industry can work together to facilitate and support the development of carbon capture and storage opportunities in Canada.
2008Alberta’s Micro-Generation Regulationexternal link iconis introduced, making it easier for individual Albertans to produce their own renewable power. The regulation allows Albertans to generate their own environmentally friendly electricity and receive credit for extra power sent into the electricity grid.
2008The first successfully reclaimed site is certified in the Alberta Oil Sands, near Fort McMurray.
Source: Syncrudeexternal link icon
2008On January 1, 2008, the Alberta Utilities Commission Act split the EUB into two new regulatory bodies, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and the Alberta Utilities Commissionexternal link icon(AUC). The AUC is responsible for the distribution and sale of electricity and natural gas to Alberta consumers. On June 17, 2013 the Alberta Energy Regulatorexternal link icon(AER) succeeded the ERCB to provide full-lifecycle regulatory oversight of energy resource development in Alberta.
2008On June 30, 2008, Alberta Energy announced a statement outlining the Bitumen Valuation Methodology (BVM) which it proposed to implement on January 1, 2009.  The Bitumen Valuation Methodology (Ministerial) Regulation was implemented on January 1, 2009.  The BVM was implemented to determine a value to calculate oil sands royalty for bitumen produced in oil sands royalty projects where all or a substantial portion of the production is either upgraded on site, or sold or transferred to affiliates.  More information is in IB 2012-07.
2008The Land-use frameworkexternal link icon(LUF) was developed under the Sustainable Resource and Environmental Management initiative.
2008-09The Government appointed a Nuclear Power Expert Panelexternal link iconin 2008 to prepare a report on nuclear energy. In March 2009 the Panel released their reportexternal link icon, in April Nuclear Power consultationexternal link icon began. It involved a workbookexternal link iconopen for public feedback, randomly enrolled discussion groups, stakeholder discussion groups, and a telephone survey. Participants included 4,832 individual Albertans and a broad range of stakeholder groups. Resultsexternal link iconfrom the consultation were compiled into a reportexternal link iconreleased on December 14, 2009. In Alberta power generation options are proposed by the private sector in the province. Any nuclear power proposal would be considered on a case-by-case basis the same as other power generation proposals.
2008-09In April 2008, the Carbon Capture Development Council was created, the council had a number of deliverables. In July 2008, Premier Ed Stelmach announced a $2 billion fund to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in Alberta to help reduce emissions by up to five million tonnes annually by 2015. In 2009 four projects proponents signed Letters Of Intent (LOIs) with the Government of Alberta.
2008-09In August 2008, the Government released a Bitumen Royalty-In-Kind (BRIK) Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) inviting interested parties to make a submission detailing their interest, and explaining how they could participate in using the government’s BRIK volumes. Work continues in 2009 with RFP's, discussion papers and an industry paper.
2008The Launching Alberta's Energy Future: Provincial Energy StrategyExternal link iconreleased in December 2008 charts the course of Alberta’s energy future. The strategy is a long-term action plan for Alberta to achieve clean energy production, wise energy use and sustained economic prosperity.
2008The Renewable Fuel StandardExternal link iconis part of the Provincial Energy strategy.
2009The Alberta New Royalty Framework announced in 2007 came into effect on January 1, 2011.
Table of Conventional Oil RatesPDF iconARF
Table of Conventional Oil RatesPDF iconARF (Effective January 2009)
Table of Natural Gas RatesPDF iconARF
Table of Natural Gas RatesPDF iconARF (Effective January 2009)
Province announces three-point incentive program for energy sectorexternal link icon(News release March 3rd)
Energy Economics - Understanding Royaltyexternal link icon(revised December 2010) this document explains previous royalties in Alberta. NOTE: Effective January 1, 2011 Alberta’s Royalty formulas changed, royalty calculators are online.
2009The Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat releases a 20 year plan, Responsible Actions: A Plan for Alberta’s Oil Sandsexternal link icon.
2009Under the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, 2009 (also known as Bill 50), the Government of Alberta approved the need for four critical transmission infrastructure (CTI) projects. It also gave Cabinet the authority to designate future transmission facilities as critical transmission infrastructure. The Electric Utilities Amendment Act (also known as Bill 8) removes this authority and requires all future transmission infrastructure projects to go through a full needs assessment process before the Alberta Utilities Commission(AUC). The Government of Alberta no longer has the authority to approve the need for future critical transmission infrastructure. In the summer a number of electricity transmission information sessions were held around the province, a poster from Alberta Energyexternal link iconpromoted the event. More information about the 2009 Electric Transmission Study is available.
2009A Memorandum of understandingexternal link iconis signed with Houston’s Rice University to combine nanotech expertise to advance clean energy efforts.
2009EPCOR announces plans to transfer its power generation business to the newly created Capital Power Corporation, which will operate as a stand-alone public company. Source:  Capital Powerexternal link icon
2009-2010Alberta Energy's Tenure Branch began a Business Process Review Project (BPR) of Continuations' business in 2009.  The objective of the BPR was to find efficiencies in continuation operational processes and improve clarity in the business rules.  The project included the creation of a BPR Committee in 2010, members included;
  • Canadian Associations of
    • Petroleum Producers
    • Petroleum Landmen
    • Petroleum Land Administration             
  • Explorers and Producers of Canada
  • Energy Resources Conservation Board (later known as the Alberta Energy Regulator) 
The Committee work is captured in an information session presentationPDF iconand a overview of changes to continuations rulesPDF icon.

2010 (Present) 

​Year   Event​
2010After 9 years of negotiations, Alberta Justice returned mineral titles and revenues earned by Canada since 1930 to Alberta. In 1917 surface land titles were provided to returning war veterans through the Soldier Settlement Board (SSB).
2010Almost half of the oil sands production (47 percent) was collected in 2010 through in-situ methods.
2010In April a Retail Market Reviewexternal link iconwas released.
2010In May a Royalty Competitiveness Review was announced. Alberta stimulates new energy investment, new technologiesexternal link icon(news release) A webinarPDF iconwas held to inform industry. 
New Well Royalty Regulation approvedexternal link icon(March 23, 2011) Current royalty information
2010The highest bonus amount collected by Alberta Energy in one year for petroleum and natural gas rights was $2.388 billion.
2010-13In February of 2010, the Oil Sands Administrative and Strategic Information System (OASIS) project began to meet the anticipated growth of oil sands projects. OASIS enabled oil sands project operators to create and submit OSR Project Applications online, through Energy's, the Electronic Transfer System (ETS). OASIS also enhanced submission, validation and tracking of royalty and related information, see oil sands royalty reporting for more information.

The AUC is directed to gather information and report back to the Minister on three key initiativesexternal link icon to enhance conservation, development of green energy sources and the regulatory process.

  • Review the regulatory approval process for hydroelectric facilities.
  • Determine how smart gridPDF icontechnology can be used to modernize the electricity system. Advanced Metering Infrastructure helps consumers make more informed decisions on wise electricity use.
  • Review the rules for the regulation of consumer choices for both natural gas and electricity.
2010-11Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan launched the New West Partnershipexternal link iconin April creating an economic powerhouse of nine million people with a combined GDP of more than $550 billion. In December provinces united to improve access to Asian marketsexternal link icon. MOUPDF icon In December 2011 the Premiers committed to an Ottawa missionexternal link icon.
2010 Record land sale netted more than $2.39 billion, surpassing every other year, it is the first time the province has exceeded $2 billion in sales. The province also established a new high for the average price per hectare, the July 7 sale netted an average price of $2,185.03 per hectare, exceeding the previous high of $2,084.86.
2010In August the Public Involvement in the Shell Quest Environmental Assessment was released.
2010October Energizing Investment Industry Royalty sessions were held.
2010 Bitumen Royalty in Kind (BRIK) begins negotiations in May 2010, in February 2011 an agreementexternal link icon is signed.
2010-13 Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) amendment (Bill 24) legislation was introduced in November of 2010 to guide how large-scale CCS projects will proceed in Alberta. In March 2011 international expertiseexternal link icon was announced  to guide commercial scale deployment of CCS. In July 2012 the Quest projectexternal link icon was approved  by the ERCB with conditions. In February 2013 the funding agreement for the Swan Hills Synfuels projectexternal link icon was discontinued.
2010-11 The Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) reported over 2,300 successful oil wells were drilled in 2010, more than double the numbers drilled in 2009. In 2014 the ERCB became the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

The Regulatory Enhancement Task Force delivered reports from 2010 to 2011 to better integrate oil and gas policy and the regulatory system. In January 2011 the task force made six recommendations to government in Enhancing Assuranceexternal link icontheir final report :

  • Establish a Policy Management Office (tasked with developing a public engagement process as well as the risk assessment and management approach.); 
  • Establish a single oil, gas, oil sands and coal regulator;
  • Provide a clear public engagement process;
  • Establish a common risk assessment and management approach;
  • Establish a performance measurement framework and public reporting mechanism;
  • Develop an effective mechanism to address landowner concerns.
​2011 ​Alberta Energy's online Land Status Automated System (LSAS) originally developed in 1982 for all surface and mineral information in the province is upgraded to two new systems. Alberta Mineral Information (AMI) containing Crown Mineral dispositions and activities is launched in January and Geographic Land Information Management and Planning System (GLIMPS) containing Alberta Surface Public Lands is launched in March. The systems contain over 2.3 million components for update of these, 1.5 million pertain to wells. More information on searches is available.    
2011The five-year Incremental Ethane Extraction program (IEEP) was approved in 2006 and expanded in 2011 to support continued growth of Alberta’s petrochemical sector. Ethane extraction during bitumen upgrading reduces greenhouse gas emissions and boosts value-added production.
2011The Federal Government partners with industryexternal link iconto bring new Natural Gas technology to market. The federal government will fund $750,000 towards a project facilitated by the not-for-profit industry and stakeholder association, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canadaexternal link icon(PTAC). Alberta Energy is also contributing $250,000 towards the total project costs. A clean energy centre is also establishedexternal link iconfor biomass technologies in the same month.
2011Some bioenergy programs ended see more information about alternative and renewable energy.
2011Alberta implemented a Renewable Fuels StandardExternal link iconon April 1 requiring an annual average of two per cent renewable diesel in diesel fuel and five per cent renewable alcohol in gasoline sold in Alberta.
2011The Alberta Electric System OperatorExternal link icon(AESO), the province's electricity system planner releases a long-term transmission plan  in June.
2011The Innovative Energy Technologies program (IETP) created in 2004 announces another 6 projects in July bringing the total number of projects to 37.
2011Alberta hosted Canada’s Energy and Mines Ministers’ conferenceexternal link iconin July in Kananaskis. A Canadian Energy strategy was discussed and a national action plan review scheduled for 2012. 
2011An Oil and Gas Royalty Information Exchange with industry and the department was held in October.
2011Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) introduces changes in October to utility disconnection and reconnection practices to protect vulnerable customers. This AUC initiativeexternal link iconcoordinates energy companies, social agencies and the privacy commissioner.
2011The Oil Sands Information Portalexternal link iconlaunched in November to allow easy access to data making Alberta industry information more transparent. It includes searchable data highlighting such things as facility-specific water use, greenhouse gas emissions, tailings pond size and land disturbance and reclamation.
2011-12Electricity planning was on the schedule for the last quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. In December the Alberta government announced the Critical Transmission Review Committeeexternal link iconan independent expert panel to examine plans for two high-voltage transmission lines between the Edmonton and Calgary regions, their reportexternal link iconwas released in February, ten days later the government accepted the recommendationsexternal link icon, issued a responseexternal link iconand agreed to review the variable, regulated retail electricity rate. In Marchexternal link iconthe Alberta government appointed the Retail Market Review Committee (RMRC), an independent committee to review the electricity retail market to help address the volatility and costs associated with the variable, or default, rate in Alberta’s competitive market.  
2012-14The Retail Market Review Committee (RMRC) made recommendationsexternal link iconto strengthen the electricity market. The RMRC Reportexternal link iconand Highlightsexternal link iconwere released in January 2013 with 41 recommendations. Thirty-three recommendations were accepted in principle and referred to an MLA implementation team. The team worked with consumers, industry, regulators and others to ensure that we have effective, affordable and sensible solutions in place. Finally in December of 2014 the MLA-RMRC implementation team reported on the recommendations from the Retail Market Review Committee to benefit electricity consumersexternal link icon.


The New West Partnershipexternal link icon(Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan) announced new rules to streamline registrationexternal link iconon July 1, 2012. In September 2012, Premier Redford and other members promoteexternal link iconthe New West Partnership in China.
2012The Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat produced Comprehensive Regional Infrastructure Sustainability Plans (CRISP) the new long-term and collaborative approach to planning infrastructure in Alberta's three oil sands areas.   
2012At the Canada's Premier'sexternal link iconmeeting, development of a Canadian Energy Strategy was agreed to, a number of strategy documents are available on the site.
2012On June 7th the Plains Midstream Canada's Rangeland pipeline had a releaseexternal link iconinto the Red Deer River via Jackson Creek. Premier Redford issued a statementexternal link iconthe following day.
2012-13On July 9 2012, generation outages combined with minimal wind generation and record-high demand for power put pressure on Alberta’s electricity system causing rolling outages across the province. The Alberta Electric System Operatorexternal link icon(AESO), the independent agency that manages Alberta’s electricity grid, requested transmission facility operators and distribution companies to curtail power so the system didn’t fail. The Market Surveillance Administratorexternal link icon(MSA)produced a MSA reportexternal link icon(November 2012) of the day’s events.
2012-15Minister Hughes requested in July that the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) retain an independent third party to examine elements of the province’s pipeline system. The ERCB issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) on the Alberta Purchasing Connection website. On September 10th the ERCB announcedexternal link iconthat Group 10 Engineering Ltd., was awarded the contract. (ERCB became the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) during the contract). On August 23, 2013 the Group 10 final reportPDF iconand Appendices 5MBPDF icon were releasedexternal link iconto the public and feedback was gathered. In March 2015, the Auditor General audited Alberta's pipeline safety and recommendations, then the AER respondedexternal link iconwith a reportPDF iconfor the Minister.
2012On August 22nd the Lower Athabasca Regional Planexternal link icon(LARP) was announcedexternal link icon, it is the first regional plan under the Land-use Frameworkexternal link icon(LUF).
2012The Responsible Energy Development Actexternal link iconpassed, it is a one - stop approach making it easier for Albertans and industry to navigate the system, other regulatory enhancement efforts also took place.
2012The Petroleum Registry of Alberta becomes Petrinex (Petroleum. Information. Excellence.) in November.
2012This was the first calendar year, when in-situ bitumen production exceeded mined production. In-situ production was about 992,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) or 52 percent and mined production was 930,000 (bb/d) or 48 percent.
2013The Swan Hills Synfuels carbon capture and storage project was cancelledexternal link iconin February.
2013Five new pilot projects were announcedexternal link iconin April under the Innovative Energy Technology Program (IETP).
2013On June 17th The AERexternal link iconsucceeded the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and isgiven more powers through Regulatory Enhancement, including a new registry for surface agreements and the authority to administer the Public Lands Act for energy projects.
2013On July 25, the Alberta Government announced an Urban Development Sub-region (UDSR) of more than 55,000 acres of Crown land for urban expansion in Fort McMurray.
2013Alberta signs the historic Framework Agreementexternal link iconon Sustainable Energy Development with China to increase energy trade and collaboration between the two jurisdictions.
2013Legislation creates the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agencyexternal link icon (AEMERA), which is responsible for operating a comprehensive, science-based monitoring system.
2013 In December the AER launches the Private Surface Agreements Registryexternal link icon(PSAR) as part of  phase 2 implementation of the Responsible Energy Development Act. Under PSAR, landowners and occupants can register surface agreements made with energy companies operating on their property. If a landowner feels that a company is not meeting a term or condition of a registered agreement, they can request that the AER intervene. If the AER determines that the company is not meeting the terms of the agreement, it can issue an order to comply.
2013On December 19th the Independent Joint Review Panelexternal link iconrecommended approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline. The recommendation, which was sent to the federal cabinet for final approval, marks a critical milestone toward getting Alberta’s oil to new international markets. Ministers responded to the Gateway decisionexternal link iconin a news release. Alberta Energy commissioned an Arctic Energy Gateway reportPDF iconin 2013.
2013The Building New Petroleum Markets Act is passed under the Petroleum Marketing Act (Bill 34) to boost the government’s ability to respond more quickly to changing market conditions and empower it to proactively seek out opportunities for Alberta’s energy products. The legislation allows the Minister of Energy to set the strategic priorities of the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commissionexternal link icon(APMC).
2014The AERexternal link iconcompletes its transition under Regulatory Enhancement to a single regulator for energy development in Alberta on March 31, 2014.
2014Alberta celebratesexternal link icon100 years of oil and gas exploration with the centennial of the Dingman #1 well discovering oil in the Turner Valley. The Canadian Association of Petroleum producers (CAPP) produced a videoexternal link iconcelebrating the anniversary.
2014Alberta Energy Regulator signs a MOUExternal link iconwith Mexico to work collaboratively on regulatory best practices in the development of hydrocarbon resources. (AER June)
2014In October Premier Prentice issued a statementexternal link iconencouraging the National Energy Board to review TransCanada's Energy East application.
2014Premiers Clark and Prentice met in November to discussexternal link iconresponsible energy development, natural resource exports to Asia Pacific, reducing barriers to trade and mobility between provinces, fiscal responsibility and cooperation towards a new partnership with First Nations.
2014Also in November, Canada’s Gas Tax Fundexternal link iconsupports local infrastructure priorities throughout Alberta.
2014Alberta was representedexternal link iconat two international conferences on energy and environmental issues in December.
2015Alberta strengthened environmental protections in the oil sandsexternal link iconin March.
2015In June steps towards a climate change strategyexternal link iconand a royalty review chairexternal link iconwere announced to set up the 2015 Royalty Review Panel.
2015The energy minister visited the Nexen spill siteexternal link iconin July. Premiers adopted the Canadian Energy Strategyexternal link icon(CES) at the 56th Annual Premiers’ Conferenceexternal link icon.
2015The Alberta Royalty Review was officially underwayexternal link iconin August and community engagement sessionsexternal link iconwere announced the following month and telephone town hallsexternal link iconwith more community sessionsexternal link iconin October.
2015The Climate Leadership Planexternal link iconin November looks to transition away from coal and have 30 per cent of the electricity grid supplied by renewable energyexternal link iconby 2030.
2016 Premier Notley’s statement on Alberta NEB submission supporting Trans Mountain pipelineexternal link icon was sent to the National Energy Board on January 12th. Read Alberta's NEB submissionPDF icon.
2016 Alberta's New Royalty Frameworkexternal link iconwas releasedexternal link iconon January 29th forming the Modernized Royalty Framework.
2016The Petrochemicals Diversification Program was announcedexternal link iconin February to encourage companies to invest in the development of new Alberta petrochemical facilities by providing up to $500 million in incentives through royalty credits. The deadline for applications was April 22nd on June 6th, 16 applicationsExternal link iconwere submitted, two approved projects were announcedExternal link iconin December.
2016 Also in February, Minister McCuaig-Boyd attended CERAweekExternal link iconin Houston.
2016As part of its Climate Leadership PlanExternal link icon, in February, the investment of more than $5 million was announcedExternal link iconto help municipalities and farmers harness the power of the sun and support local jobs.
2016In March Premier Notley supported the Canada - U.S. agreement to cut methane emissionsExternal link iconand to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, while Minister McCuaig-Boyd and the British High Commissioner to Canada Howard Drake signedExternal link icona UK-Alberta Low Carbon Innovation and Growth Framework AgreementPDF icon. Also under the Climate Leadership PlanExternal link icon, Terry Boston, the retired head of North America’s largest power grid, was hired to lead discussions with coal-fired electricity generation owners as the province transitions from coalto cleaner sources of power.
2016 The National Energy Board announced the Trans Mountainexternal link iconpipeline expansion project.
2016A massive wildfireexternal link iconin Fort McMurrayexternal link iconraged from May 1 until June 10th destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history.
2016An Energy Efficiency Panelexternal link iconis established in June by the Minister of Environment and Parks.
2016 July was the last month to submit to some bioenergy programs look for more information in the future under the Climate leadership planexternal link icon. An oil sands advisory groupExternal link iconwas also added to the plan.
2016Also in July royalty programsexternal link iconand an early opt-inexternal link iconoption is announced under the Modernized Royalty Framework.
2016 Court action launchedexternal link iconin July to protect power consumers from paying costs of unlawful “Enron clause”.
2016 In September a firm targetexternal link iconof 30 per cent of electricity used in Alberta will come from renewable sources such as wind, hydro and solar by 2030.
2016In October an Energy Diversification Advisory Committeeexternal link icon(EDAC)was createdexternal link iconto help diversify the energy sector and explore opportunities for more investment in energy industries in Alberta. This initiative followed advice of the Royalty Review Advisory Panel, which recommended that Alberta seize opportunities to position the energy industry for long-term success, while also building on initiatives underway such as the Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP), announced in February 2016.  

In October several programs were announced under the Climate Leadership PlanExternal link icon:


In November five electricity news releases announced:

2016In November the Oil Sands Emissions Limit Act was introduced under the Climate Leadership PlanExternal link icon.
2016Near the end of the year the Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat closed.
2016In December the micro-generation regulation was changedexternal link iconto increase the size limit from one megawatt to five megawatts allowing for more green electricity.
2017On January 1external link icon, the Modernized Royalty Framework came into effect. 

The boundaries of the expanded Castle Wildland Provincial Park and the new Castle Provincial Park under regional planning were set in January, bringing one of the most biologically diverse areas in Alberta under provincial protection. The parks were announcedexternal link iconon January 20, 2017. Public inputexternal link iconwas outlined in a news release on March first. The cancellation and Compensation is covered under the Mineral Rights Compensation Regulationexternal link icon

​2017​​To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Leduc #1 strike, the Minister of Energy recognized this turning point in Alberta’s history by declaring Feb. 13, 2017 Alberta Oil and Gas Celebration Dayexternal link icon.
2017 Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig Boyd made three trips to the US, one in Marchwith the Premier for CeraWeek, in Aprilto attend the Future of Energy Summit and in Juneto meet with the Energy Council.

​​The Renewable Electricity Programis launchedin March and is expected to attract at least $10.5 billion of investment into the Alberta economy by 2030, creating more than 7,200 jobs for Albertans. In the same month the province also directed the Alberta Utilities Commission(AUC) to conduct a formal study to explore greener community power generationto help inform government as it develops policy to meet the demand for more local electricity generation.

2017 A drilling activity news releasein April announced an increase in new wells drilled and active rigs in the first quarter of 2017. Alberta operators drilled 1,199 wells during the first three months of 2017 compared with 519 a year ago, a 131 per cent increase in activity, according to industry figures. This was the largest increase in activity and the highest number of wells drilled overall in Western Canada from January to March.
​2017The province began working with industry and experts in May to find ways to better protect Albertans and the environment by improving policies for managing old oil and gas facilities. A couple of weeks later, legislation was introduced that would allow Alberta to lend the Orphan Well Association (OWA) $235 million to speed up proper abandonment and reclamation of a growing number of oil and gas well sites that no longer have a responsible owner. Learn more about how Alberta is addressing upstream oil and gas liability and the orphan well inventory.
2017 Alberta was granted intervener status on Trans Mountain pipeline in May. The province will be allowed to make both written and oral submissions. The judicial review – advanced by municipalities, First Nations and environmental groups – challenges the National Energy Board’s report and recommendation as well as the federal Governor in Council’s Order in Council approving expansion.
​2017​An Act to Cap Regulated Electricity Rates was proposed in May.
​2017​In June the Minister sent a submission to the National Energy Board (NEB) requesting that the NEB Act be modified.
​2017Electricity Stakeholder consultations began in August to work towards the Capacity Market Framework.
​2017​Premier Notley released a statementin August to celebrate the start of construction on the Enbridge Line 3 replacement pipeline.
​2017​Premier Notley, representatives from Japan and local officials marked $2 billion expansionof the Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd. (JACOS) Hangingstone project near Fort McMurray in September. This Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) project is the culmination of the largest investment made in Alberta by the company in its 40-year history in the province.
2017​The Renewable Electricity Program enters the request for proposalsstage in September.
​2017​A Calgary start up is revolutionizing pipeline safety and expects to double its workforce over the next three years with support from the Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI) at Alberta Innovates.
Premier Notley spoke about pipelines in NovemberFebruaryApriland May, in early spring the Keep Canada Working site was developed. ​
​2017​The end of 2017 brought the final investment decision by Calgary-based Inter Pipeline will see two new facilities built in the Industrial Heartland, near Fort Saskatchewan, that will process propane into value-added plastics products. At the peak of construction, an estimated 2,300 direct full-time jobs will be created and once complete, the facilities will employ 180 people full time. Inter Pipeline was approved to receive royalty credits under Alberta’s Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP), which was created as part of the Alberta Jobs Plan to encourage companies to invest in the development of new petrochemicals facilities in the province. The PDP is regulated under the Energy Diversification Act.
​2017​December saw some regulatory changes, the government worked with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) on amending a key requirement, known as Directive 67, now companies that walk away from wells or other oil and gas infrastructure without cleaning up will be subject to greater scrutiny and AER discretion if they apply to start new companies. Also, Carbon Competitiveness Incentives (CCIs) replaced the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation  to attract investment in clean technology, protect and create jobs and diversify Alberta's economy while reducing carbon pollution. 
​2017​Three companies have been chosen in the opening round of the Renewable Electricity Program, which will result in about $1 billion of private-sector investment in green power generation in Alberta. The successful bids have set a record for the lowest renewable electricity pricing in Canada.
​2017​Inter Pipeline was approved to receive royalty credits under Alberta’s Petrochemicals Diversification Program, in February the Energy Diversification Advisory committee released their final report and recommendations in March the Energy Diversification Act was announced, it was passed in June.
​2017The Regulated Rate Option is the default electricity contract for the vast majority of Albertans, but does not apply to Medicine Hat consumers because the city operates its own power utilities. To ensure Medicine Hat residents receive the same protections as other Albertans, the government worked with the municipality to develop a regulation that keeps electricity prices stable and affordable, more information can be found under Powering Alberta's Future.​
​2018​In March an agreement was reached on the Power Purchase Arrangement (PPA).
​2018 ​In April competion opened for the second and third rounds of the Renewable Electricity Program.
​2018​An Act to Secure Alberta's Electricity Future was also announced in April to create a capacity market for electricity in Alberta, in the department stakeholder consultations were taking place.
2018​Methane reduction draft directives were also released by the Alberta Energy regulator in April.
​2018​Nine Alberta oil sands technologies will receive more than $70 million through the Oil Sands Innovation Challenge to support economic growth in the oil sands sector, released in May.
​2018​Also in  May, the government loaned the Orphan Well Association (OWA) $235 million to accelerate the reclamation of oil and gas well sites that no longer have a responsible owner, this is part of the work addressing upstream oil and gas liability and orphan well inventory. 

​In August the Alberta Energy Regulator announced the integrated decision approach to improve approvals. To date, this approach has saved industry more than $140 million, with an expected $600 million in direct savings by 2021. In several pilots the regulatory review was cut from an estimated five years down to just 15 months.

​​2018Premier Notley and Energy Minister McCuaig-Boyd joined Suncor officials, local contractors, First Nations leaders and other delegates to celebrate the grand opening of Fort Hills in September, a project which put 7,900 people to work at the peak of construction and is employing 1,400 people full time now that the facility is operational. In the same month they also joined Nexen officials, First Nations enterprises and other local suppliers to highlight a $400-million investment by Nexen.
​2018​In November and December Premier Notley announced several initiatives to protect Alberta resources, first by fighting for more value for Alberta oilexternal link icon, then to protect the value of resourcesexternal link icon, followed by fighting for full value of natural gasexternal link icon. Learn more about protecting the value of Alberta's resources or see Made in Albertaexternal link icon or for more information.